Buddhadeb invites TN industrialists to set up units in WB

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Coimbatore, Apr 1 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya today invited industrialists from this textile city to set up their units in his state, taking advantage of a host of concessions available to new textile units.

Addressing the industrialists at a meeting, Mr Bhattacharya, who is here in connection with the 19th party congress, said the West Bengal Government has already unveiled a textile policy with a slew of concessions.

The Chief Minister suggested that the industrialists, could invest in textile units in the state and provide employment opportunities to the local people as the textile sector had the potential to generate more jobs.

As large number of petro-chemical units were located in West Bengal, the textile units would have potential to produce synthetic fibre, he said.

Giving details of the deliberations in the meeting, West Bengal Industry and Commerce Minister Nirupam Sen told newspersons that textile industry in Tamil Nadu had 40 per cent share in the country's textile sector it was time that they move to other states.

Stating that the industrialists have asked for uninterrupted power supply with low tariff and transport facilties for setting up their units, Mr Sen said the West Bengal government has promised to provide them a conducive atmosphere to establish their units.

After the meeting, the local industrialists from Southern India Mills Association (SIMA) and Coimbatore District Smallscale Industries Association (CODISSIA) have decided to send a delegation to West Bengal and explore the possibilities for setting up textile units there.

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